Prof Barry Windeatt, Emmanuel



Research Interests

Works mainly on medieval literature but has other interests in comparative literature, and in literature and the visual arts. His published work includes: a critical study of Troilus and Criseyde in the Oxford Guides to Chaucer (1992); translations of The Book of Margery Kempe(1985), Troilus and Criseyde (1998), and Chaucer's Dream-Poetry: Sources and Analogues (1982); an annotated anthology, English Mystics of the Middle Ages (1994); an edition of The Book of Margery Kempe (2000); and an edition of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde (1984) in a format designed to show the poet at work on his sources. A select list of his more recent articles and essays is included under 'Publications' below.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Chaucer (especially in comparative literary contexts); Medieval English mysticism, spirituality and devotion; Julian of Norwich; Margery Kempe; Arthurian literature in England; Medieval romance; Literature and visual culture in the English Middle Ages; Charles d'Orleans; History of Chaucer's reception from 1400 to the present; Literary translation into English; English writing about gardens and garden history from the seventeenth century to the present; Literature and opera. He has set up a website for teaching and research in medieval literature and visual culture - Medieval Imaginations ( - in collaboration with colleagues in the Faculty and in the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technology (CARET). He contributes to teaching and/or supervision for the Medieval and Renaissance Literature MPhil.

Selected Publications

  • Julian of Norwich: Revelations of Divine Love, ed. Barry Windeatt (Oxford, 2016).
  • 'Medieval Life-writing: Types, encomia, exemplars, patterns', in The Cambridge History of Autobiography, ed. Adam Smyth (Cambridge, 2016), 13-26.
  • Julian of Norwich: Revelations of Divine Love: A New Translation, Oxford World's Classics (Oxford, 2015); reprinted by The Folio Society, 2017.
  • 'Julian of Norwich and Medieval English Visual Culture', in 'Truthe is the beste', ed. N. Jacobs and G. Morgan (Bern, 2014), 185-203.
  • 'Afterlives: The Fabulous History of Venus', in Traditions and Innovations in the Study of Middle English Literature: The Influence of Derek Brewer, ed. Charlotte Brewer and Barry Windeatt (Boydell & Brewer, 2013), 262-78.
  • 'La3amon's Gestures: Body Language in the Brut', in Reading La3amon's Brut: Approaches and Explorations, ed. R. Allen, J. Roberts and C.Weinberg (Rodopi, 2012),
  • 'Plea and Petition in Chaucer', in Chaucer in Context, ed. Gerald Morgan (Peter Lang; Bern, 2012), 189-215.
  • '1412-1534: Texts', in The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Mysticism, ed. Samuel Fanous and Vincent Gillespie (Cambridge, 2011), 195-224.
  • 'The Art of Swooning in Middle English', in Medieval Latin and Middle English Literature, ed. Christopher Cannon and Maura Nolan (Boydell & Brewer, 2011), 211-30.
  • 'Margery Kempe and the Friars', in The Friars in Medieval Britain, Harlaxton Medieval Studies XIX, ed. Nicholas Rogers (Shaun Tyas; Donington, 2010), 125-41. 
  • 'Translating Troilus and Criseyde: Modernizing the Courtly Poetic', Anglistik, 21 (2010), 37-48.
  • 'Courtiers and Courtly Poetry', in A Companion to Medieval Poetry, ed. Corinne Saunders (Blackwells, 2010), 608-25.
  • 'The Fifteenth-Century Arthur', in The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend, ed. Elizabeth Archibald and Ad Putter (Cambridge, 2009), 84-102.
  • 'Signs and Symbols', in A Concise Companion to Middle English Literature 1100-1500, ed. Marilyn Corrie (Blackwells, 2009), 9-31.
  • 'Julian's Second Thoughts: The Long Text Tradition', in A Companion to Julian of Norwich, ed. L. Herbert McAvoy (Boydell & Brewer, 2008), 101-15.
  • 'Geoffrey Chaucer', in The Oxford History of Literary Translation in English, vol. 1, ed. Roger Ellis (Oxford, 2008), 137-48. 
  • 'Love', in A Companion to Medieval English Literature and Culture, c.1350-c.1500, ed. Peter Brown (Blackwells, 2007), 322-38.
  •  'Courtly Writing', in A Concise Companion to Chaucer, ed. Corinne Saunders (Oxford, 2006), 90-109.      
  • 'Troilus and Criseyde: Love in a Manner of Speaking', in Writings on Love in the English Middle Ages, ed. H. Cooney (New York, 2006), 81-97.
  • 'Constructing Audiences for Contemplative Texts: The Example of a Mystical Anthology', in Imagining the Book, ed. S. Kelly and J. Thompson (Brepols; Turnhout, 2005), 159-71. 
  • '"I use but comownycacyon and good wordys": Teaching and The Book of Margery Kempe', in Approaching Medieval English Anchoritic and Mystical Texts, ed. D.Dyas, V.Edden and R.Ellis (Boydell & Brewer, 2005), 115-28.
  • 'Postmodernism', in Chaucer: An Oxford Guide, ed. Steve Ellis, Oxford University Press, 2005, 400-15
  • 'Julian of Norwich', in A Companion to Middle English Prose, ed. A.S.G. Edwards, Boydell and Brewer, 2004, 67-81
  • 'Introduction: Reading and Re-reading The Book of Margery Kempe', in A Companion to the Book of Margery Kempe, ed. John H. Arnold and Katherine J. Lewis, D S Brewer, 2004, 1-16
  • Geoffrey Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde, ed. Barry Windeatt, Penguin Classics (Harmondsworth, 2003), lxx, 561pp.
  • The Book of Margery Kempe, ed. Barry Windeatt (Pearson, Harlow, 2000; repr. Woodbridge, 2004), 474pp.
  • Geoffrey Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde: A New Translation, (Oxford, 1998), xlvi + 196.
  • 'Sir Gawain at the fin de siecle: Novel and Opera', in A Companion to the Gawain-Poet, ed. Derek Brewer and Jonathan Gibson (D S Brewer; 1997), 373-83
  • English Mystics of the Middle Ages, ed. Barry Windeatt (Cambridge, 1994), xi + 311.